NYC Subway Sounds

I really like this audio compilation because I imagine/remember myself in all of the stations. It’s like nostalgia for something I still experience everyday.

From the author’s blog entry

Part of the job of a subway conductor is to announce station names and explain delays and route changes. But some conductors do much more. Especially on weekends riders may hear about what attractions are near the current stop or a brief history of the neighborhood. But my favorite aspect of the announcements is simply the variety of tone and timbre in conductors’ voices. As the announcements on the subways become automated (as they are now on most 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and L trains) we will unfortunately lose this art, and so I have decided to document it for my own (and now your) enjoyment by making recordings.

From Michael G. via his roommate

July 30, 2009. Tags: , . Becko, Blogz, Brooklyn, Music, New York. 3 comments.

Vintage Furniture in Greenpoint

Connie and Dom (new roommates) are curating/selling/hosting a sale of vintage mid-century furniture from an old Catholic church and school in Greenpoint. They’re having a sale this coming weekend and an open house on Friday (i’ll be making cupcakes!). Check out more HERE.

July 26, 2009. Tags: , , . Add this to your calendar, Ads we like, Becko, Brooklyn, Design. Leave a comment.

New post for the autotune debate

The video below gives you an idea of where Jay-z stands on the issue.

I wonder if he’d feel differently if he watched autotune the news

July 23, 2009. Tags: , . Becko, Brooklyn, Music, New York, Videos. Leave a comment.

Music at the Whitney

The Whitney is hosting some fun bands in honor of their exhibit on Dan Graham. I thought you should know. I kind of love Vivian Girls- I might try and make it to that show.


Titus Andronicus / Real Estate
Friday, July 10 at 7 pm

Abe Vigoda / Grooms
Friday, July 17 at 7 pm

Wood / YellowFever
Friday, July 24 at 7 pm

Vivian Girls / These Are Powers
Friday, July 31 at 7 pm

July 9, 2009. Add this to your calendar, Becko, Brooklyn, Museums/ Becky is nerding out again, Music, New York. Leave a comment.

Free movies in McCarren Park

Check it out here

July 7, 2009. Tags: , , , . Add this to your calendar, Becko, Brooklyn. Leave a comment.

McCarren Pool Summer Concerts 2009

Are being played in East River Park this summer actually and on a real body of water instead of an empty pool. I don’t remember if I posted the dates before but it’s worth reminding everyone again. Enjoy.

The Schedule (thus far)

Sunday, July 12 — Mission of Burma, Fucked Up, Ponytail, Jemina Pearl of Be your Own Pet*
Sunday, July 19 — Dirty Projectors, Magnolia Electric Co., White Denim*
Sunday, July 26 — And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Black Lips, Health, Grupo Fantasmo*
Sunday, Aug 02 — Round Robin show w/ Deerhunter, No Age and Dan Deacon*
Sunday, Aug 09 — Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set), Fiery Furnaces, Dark Meat, The Netherlands*
Sunday, Aug 16 — Del tha Funky Homosapien, Gravytrain!!!, DD/MM/YYYY, Kenan Bell*
Sunday, Aug 23 — Girl Talk, Max Tundra, Wiz Khalifa*
Sunday, Aug 30 — Beach House & Grizzly Bear*

* A free Pool Party: For eight consecutive Sundays in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (July 12th – August 30th), party-goers will be regaled with on-site dodgeball, three-on-three basketball, and, oh yeah, rip-roarin’ live performances on the main stage.


July 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Add this to your calendar, Becko, Brooklyn, Music. 1 comment.

brooklyn museum artifact replicated for true blood

Wow. Two of my favorite things in the world right now, the Brooklyn Museum and HBO’s new series True Blood, just blew my mind a lot. According to the Brooklyn Museum’s blog, the Bird Lady artifact featured in the first episode of season 2 is a replica of an artifact in the museum’s collections and was just featured in an a recent exhibit. holy shit. The most awesome Shelley Bernstein had the honor of talking to the production designer about the statue. Read the interview HERE. And another BK Museum blog entry HERE.

ps. i just learned from the brooklyn museum blog that HBO has made a True Blood wiki. Play with it HERE. wow. i feel super nerdy for posting that now.

July 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Museums/ Becky is nerding out again, TV. Leave a comment.

Yinka Shonibare exhibition opens at BK Museum today

I’m a big fan of Yinka Shonibare and am really really excited to see the exhibition that opens today. Some of the pieces are a bit more graphic than the one above but the victorian costumes made of Dutch wax prints are totally worth seeing. Apparently when Shonibare showed up for the official preview, he arrived with two friends in victorian drag. See here

From the BK Museum website

June 26–September 20, 2009
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor

Period Rooms, 4th Floor
Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor

This exhibition is a major midcareer survey of work by the UK-based Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. Shonibare’s artwork explores contemporary African identity and its relationship to European colonialism through painting, sculpture, installation, and moving image. Shonibare is best known for his work with visual symbols, especially the richly patterned Dutch wax fabric produced in Europe for a West African market that he uses in a wide range of applications. His tableaux of headless mannequins costumed in this fabric evoke themes of history and its legacy for future generations. Through these works he explores the complex web of interactions, both economic and racial, that reveal inequalities between the dominant and colonized cultures of Europe, Asia, and Africa. A site-specific installation created for this presentation titled Mother and Father Worked Hard So I Can Play will be on view in several of the Museum’s period rooms.

Another site-specific installation, Party Time—Re-Imagine America: A Centennial Commission by Yinka Shonibare MBE,  will be on view at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, from July 1, 2009, to January 3, 2010, in the dining room of the museum’s 1885 Ballantine House. 

June 26, 2009. Tags: , , . Add this to your calendar, Becko, Brooklyn, Museums/ Becky is nerding out again, Pretty. 1 comment.

ps. free coffee today in park slope

Cafe Grumpy, the beloved coffee shop below my apartment is opening a new store today in Park Slope at 7th Ave between 11th and 12th streets. If you visit today you can get a free drink or something. Also they are running a nifty promotion where if you buy a bag of coffee or finish your drink punch card, you can enter to win a drawing for a free espresso machine.

Thanks Grumpy!

June 25, 2009. Tags: , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Eat this, FYI. Leave a comment.

Support the Papacitos

So one of my most favoritest restaurants in my neighborhood is Papacitos. It’s an amazing Mexican joint with many veggie and vegan options, awesome fish tacos, and cute delivery boys. They also have an amazing outdoor patio and right now it’s byob because they somehow lost their liquor license. Anyways, recently Gothamist reported that they got their shit fucked up and robbed of $10k and their sound system (see below).

After Black Betty’s and several other restaurants/favorite bakeries going out recently, I am going to do whatever I can to support Papacitos and keep it from going under as well. I was there this afternoon for a quick brunch and it was a little sad without the classic rock they usually pump through the place but my breakfast burrito was A+. I strongly urge everyone to eat there because the food is excellent (the chef used to work at Brooklyn Label), the patio is beautiful, and i don’t want to see another one of my favorite restaurants go out of business this year. sad face (i hate emoticons).

June 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Eat this. Leave a comment.

I don’t know if you saw the amazing fireworks tonight…

But I did and it was awesome. Did I mention that I have an amazing roof where I can see all of midtown?

The Queensboro Bridge (aka 59th Street Bridge) turns 100 years old this year and New York City is marking the occasion with a fireworks display by Grucci and a week-long Queensboro Bridge Centennial celebration.

The Queensboro Bridge Centennial fireworks display will be designed and produced by Grucci, “America’s first family of fireworks.” New York’s own Gruccis have directed firework displays for seven U.S. Presidential inaugurations, and four Olympic games.
View the Queensboro Bridge Centennial Fireworks
When: May 31, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Where: Fireworks will be launched from the tip of Roosevelt Island.

from here

June 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, New York. 1 comment.

Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair time!

Renegade Craft Fair

I’m not the craft fair expert of CWL, but I did go to this holiday fair in December and did almost all my Christmas shopping there, so I”m totally down for this in June!  Mark your calendars!  More info here

May 27, 2009. Tags: , , . Add this to your calendar, Brooklyn, Design, Emily, Fashiony, FYI. Leave a comment.

New Exhibition at the City Reliquary

My favorite museum (which just happens to almost next door my favorite restaurant, Black Betty’s- see below) is having an opening reception this weekend for their new exhibition. I might try to go but I’m going to be in CT shopping for the antiques and such. I would definitely recommend visiting sometime though- I met one of the curators a couple of weekends ago and she assured me that it was going to be awesome.

The Candela Structures

A New York City History Mystery
curated by: Kirsten Hively and Paul Lukas

Reception to be held at:

The City Reliquary Museum370 Metropolitan Av. Williamsburgh, Brooklyn This Saturday May 16th, 2009 From 7 – 10 P.M.(On view through June 28th)For more information, visit:

May 15, 2009. Tags: , . Becko, Brooklyn, FYI, Museums/ Becky is nerding out again, New York. Leave a comment.

RIP Black Betty’s

This is my FAVORITE restuarant in Brooklyn. I’ve had so many good times and so many memories there. I had my birthday party there 2 years ago and now I won’t be able to order their seared salmon salad or their spicey artichoke soup anymore. I am going to attempt to OD on everything before they close June 15th. sniffle.

From Brooklyn Vegan

“After 10 years, Williamsburg Live-Music Haven and Mediterranean Eatery Shuts Doors”

Black Betty (spreetaper)
Black Betty

“Bud Schmeling and Sandy Glover, owners of Black Betty, announced the long-time Williamsburg boite and eatery will close its doors, effectively Monday, June 15th 2009.”The sad news came a month after the owners posted a message to MySpace stating that they needed money, but that “Black Betty is not closed, nor closing. We have signed a new 10 year lease…” According to the new statement (which you can read in full below), the lease “was renewed for 10 years at the end of April 2009, however the lease was also offered to other perspective candidates under more lucrative terms…” Long story short, it is closing.

Lots of changes on that block. Black Betty is right across the street from the in-development Knitting Factory Brooklyn (ex-Luna Lounge) (which we still don’t have an official update on, though all signs and rumors point to the place re-opening some time this summer, possibly as a seated venue).

Say goodbye to Black Betty by having a drink and/or seeing a show there one more time (or for your first time). Options include The Phenomenal Handclap Band, who played Southpaw last night, and who are playing there tonight (May 13). Full schedule, including Antibalas, and full goodbye note, below…

Black Betty

– Bud Schmeling and Sandy Glover, owners of Black Betty, announced the long-time Williamsburg boite and eatery will close its doors, effectively Monday, June 15th 2009.

According to Schmeling and Glover, the Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn, NY lease was renewed for 10 years at the end of April 2009, however the lease was also offered to other perspective candidates under more lucrative terms. At the end of the battle, Schmeling and Glover conceded and agreed to close by mid June. “We are saddened and heart-broken that this is the end of the Black Betty era,” said Glover. “But at this time we’re focusing on what a fantastic place Betty means to Brooklyn bands, DJs and of course all of our amazing patrons and friends” she added.

“We’re working really hard to make the next couple of months loaded with great music and entertainment,” says Schmeling. “May 7th will mark a true celebration of 10 years dedicated to Williamsburg with a tribute to our House DJs and honestly, the outreach from the community has really been incredible.”

Local bands, DJs and performers are lining up to fill the remaining nightly slots, with Rev. Vince Anderson and His Love Choir scheduled to perform the last night, Monday June 15th. The kitchen and bar, offering North African and Mediterranean dishes and extended happy hours, will be in full swing until close. Demand for Black Betty t-shirts have been pouring in and will be available for sale at the 10th Anniversary Party on May 7th.

ABOUT BLACK BETTY/ Since its spring opening in 1999, Black Betty has gained a reputation as a “pioneer” and “Superman of Williamsburg nightlife.” Founders Bud Schmeling and Sandy Glover compiled their world travel experiences to transform the once gangster clad Highway Lounge into a hipster sanctuary and Moroccan delight, fondly referred to as “Trashablanca.” A true urban oasis, Black Betty beckons Williamsburg locals and tourists alike who crave an array of delectable Mid-Eastern eats, and an eclectic mix of live performers. Nightly live music and DJ spin masters serve up everything from Brazilian rock to soul funk, playing second only to the eclectic Mediterranean/ North African fare.

BLACK BETTY / 366 Metropolitan Avenue/ Williamsburg, Brooklyn/ 718.599.0243/ Train: L to Lorimer/ G to Metropolitan/

May 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Do not want. 1 comment.

look what happened at bk museum…

i have the feeling it’s an art stunt.

museum fail.

April 22, 2009. Tags: . Becko, Brooklyn, Museums/ Becky is nerding out again. 1 comment.

this goes out to all my brooklyn queens

3rd Bass – Brooklyn-Queens
by discodisc

April 4, 2009. Tags: , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Videos. Leave a comment.

more culture for you this Friday


Times are tough all around – rollercoaster stock markets, job losses by the hundreds of thousands, bipartisan bickering with no relief in sight. It’s even tougher for 501 (c) (3) non-profit Community Museums. So the City Reliquary is hosting a fundraiser to raise some of (last month’s!) rent.

A Modern Day Depression-Era Fundraiser!
Friday February 27th 7-11pm

BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE SOME RENT? is a Modern Day Depression-Era Fundraiser held in our backroom and backyard. For a minimum $10 tax-deductible donation at the door, you can come and participate in scores of historical diversions and entertainments circa 1935.

In our own backyard Hooverville, you’ll find:

• Pie the Landlord! That’s right – the City Reliquary will have our very own cigar-chomping, unshaven, smelly Landlord demanding our rent! Tell him where to shove it with a whipped cream pie in his face! (see PICTURE below!!)
• Madame LuLu LoLo, Fortune Teller Extraordinaire: She Sees All and Knows All and Your Fortune Might Help Pay Our Rent!
• Hobo Photos a Go-Go: Take your picture in our hand painted carnival sign. Remember the Recession of ’09 with a photographic keepsake!
• Depression-era movies: shown on the projector in the backyard. Laugh it up with Mae West, the Marx Brothers and James Cagney.
• Oil drum fires: (and more modern propane heaters) to keep you warm while you chill in the cold. All fires will be regulated carefully by official FDNY supervision!
• DIY Fingerless Gloves Table! Because nothing says Depression-chic than rockin’ a pair of fingerless gloves!
• Prohibition-era Beer provided by the Brooklyn Brewery and Depression-era “Rum” Punch provided by the City Reliquary at contemporary-recession era prices.
• DJ Stacher playing hits from the economically challenged 1930s (Harlem Jazz) and 1970s (early Rap); as well as Big Money tracks from the 1980s (disco) and 2000s (electro). Get down!

All entertainments and diversions will be priced at the Depression-friendly rates of $2-5 a pop. All proceeds go to help the City Reliquary pay (last month’s, and this one’s) rent.

February 23, 2009. Tags: , . Becko, Brooklyn, Museums/ Becky is nerding out again, New York, World saving. 1 comment.

woa did you hear about this?

Michel Gondry is making an episode of Flight of the Conchords. Who has HBO and will let me watch at their place on Feb 15th? puhlease…..

From Very Short List

Quirky French director Michel Gondry (The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) teams up with HBO’s equally off-kilter series, The Flight of the Conchords, and the resulting episode — “Unnatural Love,” which airs February 15 — is pure, unadulterated pleasure.

The Conchords, of course, are a New Zealand folk band. But the love interest here is Australian, and that allows for endless, over-the-top Aussie jokes (expect plenty of references to the continent’s criminal past). As for Gondry, his distinctive, dreamlike touch turns both of the episode’s musical numbers into surreal showstoppers.

ps. i think jemaine is cuter than bret. what. what. what. what?

February 7, 2009. Tags: , , . Add this to your calendar, Becko, Brooklyn, Music, New York, Pretty, TV. 2 comments.

Renegade Craft Fair 2knine

…is all over the place. you’ve been warned.

February 7, 2009. Tags: , , . Add this to your calendar, Becko, Brooklyn, Fashiony, New York. Leave a comment.

“blog” of the day: i lego n.y.

i don’t know if this actually counts as a blog (it’s blog-like)  but several people sent this to me (including exintern dan who posted it on his gchat status message first and therefore “wins”).  beautiful little set of photos from cristopher niemann of tiny things made out of legos that remind him of nyc.

check more here

February 3, 2009. Tags: , , , . Becko, Blogz, BOD: Blog of the Day, Brooklyn, Dan, New York. Leave a comment.

Important announcement re: this Saturday

If wordpress still won’t let you embed Vimeo (boo!), click here:

January 29, 2009. Tags: , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Emily, New York, Nora, Politicals, Steph, Videos, World saving. Leave a comment.

exhibit opening at City Reliquary!


The show will feature documents and artifacts from the 1930s, when immigrant Meyer Parodneck and a handful of anti-poverty activists founded the Consumer-Farmer Milk Cooperative to ensure farmers received a fair price, and consumers paid a fair price, for milk. The Co-op played a pivotal role opening the market controlled by milk distribution giants. With their own processing plants and distribution stations, the Consumer-Farmer Co-op sold milk to consumers at the lowest possible price, and paid farmers the highest possible return, for nearly fifty years. Overcoming a mountain of obstacles, this organization made a difference to hundreds of struggling farmers and to the children of low-income New Yorkers.

The exhibition includes period Co-op newsletters and advertising campaigns, vintage paper milk containers, and cooperative movement propaganda. Pivotal moments in the Co-op’s story are illustrated with miniature dioramas.

The reception is free and open to the public with refreshments courtesy of Peanut Butter Company (locally produced and salmonella free!).

January 28, 2009. Tags: , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Eat this. Leave a comment.

another brooklyn blog…

BROOKLYN 11211. this one reports on development and happenings in williamsburg, greenpoint, and bushwick. it’s kind of like newyorkshitty with fewer pictures and more neighborhood news and politics. i liked this picture of redhook and the reports on bk bikelanes.

January 25, 2009. Tags: , , , . Becko, Blogz, Brooklyn, New York, Politicals. Leave a comment.

Blog of the day: New York Shitty
I like this blog because it features dog shit and general happenings around my neighborhood and others in BK (but mostly Greenpoint). Here is the about page…


As you can probably deduce from the title of this blog, I live in Green Brownpoint, Brooklyn. During my one block trek to the Franklin Corner Store one April day (in 2006) to get a sandwich, I was astonished at the sheer quantity of dog shit I encountered.

Green Street is not the easiest sidewalk to negotiate: the sidewalks are uneven and pock-marked with holes. Dodging piles of dog shit every five feet does not make this task any easier, much less when carrying delicious Cuban sandwiches. It was during this adventure through Poopland that I had the following epiphany:

1. This is ridiculous.

2. I wonder if the people who see fit to use my block as a pissoir would like it if I took a shit in the middle of their living room? Probably not.

3. This is like walking through a fucking mine field, so maybe…

4. if Queen Noor (and Lady Diana before her)  can lobby against the use of land mines, perhaps I can raise awareness about the plague of unattended dog shit in my neighborhood. Call me the Dog Shit Queen of Greenpoint New York Shitty. I’ve been called worse.

What you can expect this blog to feature:

1. Dog shit. When I see dog shit I will:

A. Take a picture of it
B. Make note of the date and the location of said bowel movement

2. Generate “Crap Maps” as I see fit. These maps will reflect the data I compile (as outlined in #1) and will (hopefully) provide an easy reference for anyone who wants to know where worst (s)hit areas are— and perhaps even where the worst offenders live. It is prudent to assume that if these dog owners are too lazy to clean up their own dog shit, they probably do not take much time walking their dogs in the first place.

3. If and/or when I find a particularly choice specimen (READ: a particularly LARGE, sculptural or just plain repulsive bowel movement), it will be showcased as “The Dung of the Day”.

I am accepting submissions from the public. Greenpoint, Park Slope (as if), Williamsburg, Bushwick, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Red Hook (especially Red Hook— I like Red Hook almost as much as I like Greenpoint!) or anywhere else in New York Shitty.

It’s much more than dogshit though, it’s funny signs, featured restaurants, neighborhood gossip, cat photos, etc.

January 22, 2009. Tags: , . Becko, Blogz, BOD: Blog of the Day, Brooklyn. 2 comments.

my new screensaver is pretty colors for food

I took a walk around DUMBO this weekend and I obviously loved the Tattfoo Tan mural there. Pretty colors! But I didn’t know they actually represented healthy foods you should be eating as part of a balanced diet.

Anyway, now there’s a screensaver. For free. Download it bitches. Download it here:

January 21, 2009. Tags: , , , . Brooklyn, Nora, Pretty. Leave a comment.

Blog of the Day: I Can Haz Hipsterz

There aren’t many but the ones they do have are good…

see more HERE
spanks nadia

December 2, 2008. Tags: . Becko, Blogz, BOD: Blog of the Day, Brooklyn, New York. 1 comment.

omg look what i found

these dudes are hilarious. i accidentally found this while procrastinating.

best. dancers. ever.

November 24, 2008. Tags: , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Crush, Matate, Music, Videos. 1 comment.

my hood

junior told me about this lady comic writer. i literally live 2 floors above cafe grumpy and frequent the same places. weird.
she forgot to mention that a block or so away from peter pan is the cinderella gift/card shop on Manhattan Ave

Fart Party here. spanks junior.

November 18, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Becko, Brooklyn. 2 comments.

Barnard Zine Library

I’m just amazed that I can search for zine by topic on the Columbia/Barnard online library catalog and then check them out. Rad. I love that Barnard also has a zine librarian. Probably ranks in top ten coolest jobs ever.

Check out the website- has links to places you can buy zines in the city and BK and some articles about academia/librarianship and zines HERE.

Maybe you guys all knew about zine libraries in schools and public libraries, but this stuff is new to me. When I was young, we had to walk uphill 3 miles in the snow both ways (or drive to Columbus) to the nearest collective/infoshop/coffeehouse to BUY your zine. You kids these days have it easy….

November 17, 2008. Tags: , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, FYI, New York. Leave a comment.

election stream of consciousness via em & beckos

election plaza- mccain fail

american cheese snack

sarah palin sandwich, has the crust cut off


cheese cheese rar rar ive had a glass of wine, and two beers this evening so far 9:18pm EST

9:19 did rudy’s tie have christmas hats on it?

where is michelle obama, why can’t i SEE WHAT SHE’S WEARING

i’m barack obama and i support these brownies- (that happened earlier this evening, when i burned some brownies and then decorated them with frosting gel- picture to be posted later)

no more drama vote obama

9:21 “i’m like not terribly nervous.  shoud we be???”

is katie couric wearing pink to be non-partisan?

commentary commentary- twitter twitter twitter

9:24 -kenyan ambassador – “we are not going to bed”

9:25 – kenyon ambassadors – OHIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

that man has boobies- em on commercial

9:31 louisiana to mccain – does no one remember katrina??

becko- i keep reading the elevator news.  the news on our elevator.

200 to 85.  c’monnnn.

New Sexico.  OBAMA

Hoosiers/Camp Indiana- make up your mind already. (9:35pm)

Becko- so, i finally remembered what the elevator news told me today. apparently the republicans are hiding George Bush. He hasn’t made a public appearance in the last 5 days and – he even cancelled his usual daily press conference/talk with the press.  soooo shady. thanks liberal elevator news.(9:39pm)

GREEEN SCREEEEN.  I guess that commentator is NOT in her dream house like I thought. “this is like a video game.”   okay lady.

can i make a drunk history on this?  and call it DRUNK BREAKING HISTORY?

woah florida is just a little probama – 9:42

even FOX NEWS projects obama wins ohio.   imagine that.

944 – otas spils adds on boobs, via text. i’m guessing that meant beer?

fox news lady says this is over (9:51pm)

wow, if the election is called in the next half hour, what will we do with the rest of the night?

drink the champy?  really fast?

shepard smith on fox news is fucking terrifying.

sassy and beaten appear in mccain election word montage via nyt – 9:56

local news? really? now? (9:57pm) blerg

10:13 – we learn how to spell consciousness

10:13 – nadia says ‘if obama takes arizona, that will be like, we are boning you”

Indiana University- fuck yea- go Indiana- just do it! (10:16pm)

nytimes word game- mccain fail x2- obama sexy x1 (10:19pm)

im in your fridge drinkin your wines = 10:21

‘i may do one of those bologna sandwiches’

me to my dad -” tell my stepmom if she voted for mccain IT DOESN’T MATTER CAUSE OBAMA WON NEW YORK BITCHESSSSS”

ok maybe i didn’t say ‘bitches’

brendo should have voted in indiana  10:31.  the difference is a little over 6,000.

rar. indiana indiana! c’mon….10:34pm

discusson re: wegmans, rochester, upstate new york, accents, etc. (10:36pm)

succession 10:38pm

Liz’s (who did not vote) roommate (who did vote) asked her how long the president is in office for… yikes (10:39pm)

is this the biggest text message night in the year??  or, do more people send out those lame ‘merry christmas’ mass texts. these things i need to know.

how high are sarah palin’s heels tonight?

joe may be a flomax spokesman.. best election (mccain directed) commercial ever


champane popped.

all is well.


November 4, 2008. Tags: , . Becko, Brooklyn, Emily, Politicals. 1 comment.

You’re the shit girl…

dan called me out for having this video on my gchat status message earlier this week and now i can’t get this song out of my head

October 25, 2008. Tags: , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Music, New York, Videos. Leave a comment.

a little bit…of lykke li

Guess who played a sold out CMJ show with Micachu at Bowery tonight? Yeah….lykki li….

Here is a story for you- I met this girl on her first US tour about a year and a half ago on a Thursday night at Hiro ballroom. I was pretty drunk though and I mostly just remember going crazy and dancing on stage. My friend had to remind me about the cool girl I met, Lykke Li who opened for the headliner who I don’t even remember now. The point is that I’ve been listening to Little Bit for a while now and I’m glad that she is blowing up and on Victoria Secret commercials and whatnot. Though I am pissed that I couldn’t get into her show tonight….

October 22, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Music, New York, Pretty. 1 comment.

if you see something, say something

also, don’t ride on the outside of trains, don’t run to catch a train, don’t walk between trains, let people get off before walking on with your bicycle and no eating on trains/putting bags or feet on seats (the last one is apparently a new one- my roommate got a ticket a couple weeks ago from a cop for putting his feet on the seat across from him. matate.) did i forget any others?

pic from Wooster

October 13, 2008. Tags: , , , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, FYI, Matate, New York. Leave a comment.

Cut Brooklyn

Handmade knives! I know what I’m getting my step-dad for Christmas this year….

(sorry, won’t embed)

October 8, 2008. Tags: , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Want. Leave a comment.

Waterfall Rap Crap

You know those waterfall installations that were a big deal a couple months ago?  Well here is a rap about it.

September 23, 2008. Tags: , , , . Brooklyn, Emily, New York, Viral. Leave a comment.


Get a few drinks in me, mention Williamsburg and biking on Bedford Ave and I will no doubt begin to ramble and yell about biking through the Hasid community in S. Wburg and how terrifying it is.


I’m all about moving the bike lane off of Bedford. Here are the problems I see…
1. People treat Bedford like a highway- people go waaay to fast and make quick left hand turns across the bike lane, even using the bike lane as a turn lane sometimes
2. “Hasids are forbidden from looking at members of the opposite sex who aren’t fully dressed, said local activist Isaac Abraham” – HUGE ISSUE- because men can’t look at me when i bike in my shorts, they aren’t looking at me when they cross the street and often jump out in the bikeline, mid-block where i’m not expecting pedestrians to be (vs. say, a crosswalk where one is supposed to be crossing the street)- very dangerous
3. “The issue of dress – or lack of it – wasn’t brought up at the meeting. Weisser and the other Hasids instead complained publicly about bike lanes allegedly causing parking problems and traffic congestion”- yes, this is another big issue- for some reason everyone double parks along Bedford, thus blocking the bike lane. On average, I would say on average when I bike along Bedford between Clinton Hill and Wburg (possibly a mile and a half) I have to dodge 3 double parked mini-vans and loading trucks. Specifically, there is some event hall near Bedford and Flushing where people are always double parked and waiting for the valet or dropping people off, but I think that generally this is a problem all over Bedford. rar.

END RANT (there’s more but I have a paper to write for school. Buy me a beer and I’ll rant some more… on many topics…)

September 19, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, FYI, Matate, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Grand Army Plaza redesign

Grand Army Plaza is one of my favorite spots in Brooklyn, and it’s going to get a $400,000 makeover. It is really hard to cross the street around there, it’s true. The Design Trust for Public Space had a design contest for ideas on what to change – check out more of the winners here.

Pretty. You can go see the exhibit of winning designs from September 13 to October 13 in a free, outdoor, public exhibition in the center of the Plaza. I’m gonna!

September 12, 2008. Tags: , . Add this to your calendar, Brooklyn, Emily, Pretty. Leave a comment.

For you Chi-town kids

We reported when Renegade Craft Fair was visiting Brooklyn. Well guess what? Now it’s in Chicago.

ps. it’s sponsored by PBR

September 10, 2008. Tags: , , , . Add this to your calendar, Becko, Brooklyn, FYI, Pretty. Leave a comment.

Brooklyn = Nevada, Manhattan = Idaho

Thanks SwissMiss. And yeah, I kind of jacked your post title. I’m sorry, I just wasn’t being very creative.

September 6, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Brooklyn, New York, Nora. 2 comments.

MIA and Diplo break my heart

Can’t handle…the cuteness….

August 27, 2008. Tags: , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Crush, Music, New York, Videos. 2 comments.

Runner up- Blog/Site of the Day: The Selby

Photo shoots of cool apartments that belong to cool people in NYC, BK, and LA. I totally snagged some decorating ideas from these fools. The Selby.

I like getting decorating ideas from homes that are actually being lived in, as opposed to showrooms, design mags, etc. It’s refreshing to see cute homes with everyday shit lying around and a little bit o dirt.

August 25, 2008. Tags: , , . Becko, Blogz, BOD: Blog of the Day, Brooklyn, New York, Pretty, Want. Leave a comment.

Dear Cake Man Raven:

I love your cake.

I have a leftover slice of red velvet cake that is in my fridge.   It looks like this!

If you’re drooling now, you need to come to Brooklyn and get yourself some of this.

August 22, 2008. Tags: , , , , , . Brooklyn, Eat this, Emily, Want, World saving. Leave a comment.

What to wear to a McCarren Pool Party

Guess what hipsters? The Brits are on to you!!! Topshop tells you how to dress for Williamsburg:

Stupid Topshop, hipsters are more unique than that.. oh wait, it’s time to not wash my hair and hike up my high-wasted pants and wear my damn sunglasses on the L train, even though it is underground. If this post offends you, then you consider yourself a hipster, which a true hipster would never do. Eh? So there! I think I’m in the clear.

August 7, 2008. Tags: , , , . Brooklyn, Emily, Matate, Not pretty. 2 comments.


Help the Honeybees!!!

If you don’t know, the bees are dying and it is the only cause I care about.  So save the freakin bees.  Spread the word, cause we did already, all through brooklyn.

July 24, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Brooklyn, Emily, I can has animals, Viral, World saving. Leave a comment.

Another bad way to die

I don’t know if anyone else saw this, but a body was found in a shed at McCarren pool yesterday. Since i’ve been to the pool about a gazillion times this summer, i was a little shocked and grossed out. (Read more here)

I told Jack about it and here were his thoughts…

me: yo
did you hear about this?
me: so scary
its been there for months!
Jack: WHAT
WHO COULD IT BE?!? who is missing from hipsterdom/whose body would send the best message to the hipster world that organized crime “ain’t gonna take anymore rattails’n’neon, ka-peeesh?!?”
o man
this is not something to joke about
me: i bet its a drunk dude- homelessperson
cold in the winter and died
Jack: 😦
so sad
never let them find my body
if I go missing
i just
i don’t want to be found
me: you just want to decompose somewhere?
Jack: meh i guess
or like
and then baked into cakes
and then feed the cakes
to cats
who like cake
Nom nom nom
it are my birfday
and then
give those cats haircuts
and then cut up my favorite clothes into tiny, cat-sized facsimile outfits of shit I would wear
and dress those cats up like tiny versions of me
and make a calendar
and then have a parade
maybe serve the leftover cake
to people this time
that’s all I want

July 18, 2008. Tags: , , . Becko, Brooklyn, New York, Not pretty. Leave a comment.

Whatcha doin’ tomorrow?

Block party and Wet Hot American Summer with intro by Michael Showalter and music! I think I’m going to try and make it to this- anyone else down?

Thanks BrooklynVegan!

July 7, 2008. Tags: , . Add this to your calendar, Becko, Brooklyn, FYI, Music, Uncategorized, Videos. Leave a comment.

Blog of the Day: Stickers and Donuts!

Now that’s some crap I like.  Especially the donuts.  Nora can have the stickers.  But, this blog is super cool and is now making it into Becko’s BOD feature, which we have sucked at keeping up.  I think Nora might really like this site’s stuff on design and graphics, (you had me at font alert!) .. and also the Renegade Craft fair recap.  I really like this post of animals made of letters (another two of my favorite things!!)

Obvs., that one is for Nora.  From Bembo’s Zoo.

July 1, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . Blogz, BOD: Blog of the Day, Brooklyn, Emily, I can has animals, Innernette. 6 comments.

Blog of the Day:

Your Guide to Free Booze

This is more of a mailing list than a blog but I thought I would post it anyways. It truly is your guide to free booze in the city. My Open Bar gives you a weekly schedule of promo events and parties with hella cheap drink deals or open bar. It also rates the events and provides clever little blurbs ala vice do’s and dont’s to help you decide whether they’re worth the effort. I feel like this would really come in handy when you have a guest in town and you don’t know what to do with them.

ps. i really like the banner art by Hope Gangloff. Check out her site here.

June 11, 2008. Add this to your calendar, Becko, Blogz, BOD: Blog of the Day, Brooklyn, FYI, New York. Leave a comment.

drunk boy gets locked in wburg bar

Read this article from the New York Times. It is kind of hilarious- mostly because I could totally imagine this happening to one of our friends…or me.

June 9, 2008. Tags: , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Do not want, Matate. 1 comment.

Vic, if you get lost in NYC, you should do what this bird did:

Lost bird recites address and is returned home!


LIke this bird learned, it will probably help to sing songs to helpful volunteers who are taking you home to keep them entertained.

(PS – birds are still dealbreakers)


May 21, 2008. Tags: , . Brooklyn, Emily, FYI, I can has animals, World saving. Leave a comment.

Tomorrow is Nat’l Bike to Work Day

Becky, represent for me.. I have no bike and questionable navagation skills.

After you bike to work, you should park you bike somewhere like this.  (Yes, I did just link to our blog, I’m all about self-promotion.. we are great.)


May 15, 2008. Tags: . Add this to your calendar, Becko, Brooklyn, Emily, FYI, World saving. Leave a comment.

Bike Film Fest is coming soon!

Think of it as a festival of Breaking Away shorts with bike tricks in between. I went last year and it was a blast. The movies are fun and it was the first time I saw Dan Deacon- and it was free! So, who’s down?

Also- instead of Dan Deacon they have this Bikes Rock show (also free) that sounds totally rad. See below.

9pm till late
259 Banker St.
between Calyer St. and Franklin

The performance is a collaboration between artist and musician, Hisham Bharoocha (Soft Circle, formerly of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice), and filmmaker, Daniel Leeb (Cinecycle). Their piece consists of sounds created from bicycle parts, electronics and live video mixing.

Original Live Score
Ole Ritter tries to break the unbreakable record by Eddy Merckx. The Hour Track Record is one of the most prestigious records in cycling. This classic film, directed by one of Europe’s most prolific filmmakers, is a treat for the track bike fan and the film lover alike. Simone Pace’s adept live score enhances the visual mastery of Leth.

Stick Around for the Dance Party afterwards

May 15, 2008. Becko, Brooklyn, FYI. Leave a comment.

Breaking news..

Today on the bus, a guy asked me what day of the week it was.  I had to tell him, it only Tuesday.

May 13, 2008. Tags: . Brooklyn, Emily, FYI. Leave a comment.

Train advice

A man selling incense (not One Love, sadly) and body oil on the A train told me “You have to love what you do, if you don’t love what you do you’ll be miserable.”  He seemed pretty happy.  

May 4, 2008. Brooklyn, Emily, FYI. Leave a comment.